My reflection is from Living Faith:
Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain… They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.￼
Once, I climbed up Mount Rainier
in Washington State, glorious and beautiful, with vistas of magnificent trees giving way to glaciers – a long
and steep climb for one unaccustomed to such treks. Perhaps I wouldn’t have persevered on my own, but I was buoyed up by my cousin and my 80-plus-year-old aunt walking with me, who knew the path well.There is a way, Isaiah tells us today, to get where we can dream but cannot manage on our own. We need one another to climb the mountain, and we can do it because it is the mountain of the Lord. Can I on my own-can we, alone without God-
make peace? No. But because it’s God‘s way, and because we climb this mountain together, we can find the way of peace. We don’t have to reshape everybody else’s swords into plowshares, we only have to reshape our own.￼￼￼
Let us go up with you, O Lord rejoicing in your way of peace.